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L'Assommoir by Émile Zola (1840 - 1902)

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  • 48 - Chapter X, part five

48 - Chapter X, part five

Thursday 1st January 1970

In this episode of L'Assommoir, the seventh novel in the Les Rougon-Macquart series, Émile Zola paints a vivid picture of alcoholism and poverty in the working-class districts of Paris. Listen now on alcoholfree.com.
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Exploring the Harsh Reality of Alcoholism and Poverty in L'Assommoir by Émile Zola

The machine for manufacturing drunkards continued working with its murmur of an underground stream and she despaired of ever stopping it, of exhausting it, filled with a sullen anger against it.
In Chapter X, part five of L'Assommoir, Émile Zola paints a vivid picture of the devastating impact of alcoholism and poverty on families in the working-class districts of Paris. Gervaise, the laundress, is left waiting for her partner, Coupo, to take her to the circus. As she waits, she sees Coupo and his friends drinking rot-gut brandy and smoking.
Despite her anger, Gervaise eventually gives in to the temptation to drink, and the machine for manufacturing drunkards continues working with its murmur of an underground stream. This episode highlights the importance of addressing alcoholism and its impact on families. Listen now on alcoholfree.com.